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Prosthetic Problems

Prosthetic socks may be worn to make your prosthesis more comfortable and to help protect your skin.

Care of your prosthesis

Your socket should be wiped out regularly with a damp cloth and allowed to dry thoroughly. Never use direct heat to dry the socket. Your prosthesis will, like all things mechanical, require maintenance from time to time. If you notice your prosthesis becoming noisy, difficult to use or ill-fitting, please contact your prosthetist. Never try to repair it yourself.

The importance of a correct fitting prosthesis to the health, comfort and gait of the amputee cannot be exaggerated

Common problems encountered by amputees

Unless you have previously tried a comfortable prosthesis it is difficult to appreciate the immense difference a properly fitted leg or arm makes to your health and well-being.

The Pediatric Amputee

For the youngest children that are crawling, if the device interferes with their crawling it should be removed. However, there is definitely a time where between the ages of 8 to 15 months when a child is ready for a prosthetic device. It helps the children stand and it should be utilised.

Many children prefer to hop as opposed to using their prosthetic device. Keep in mind that years and years of hopping on the sound leg can over time, lead to arthritis and other severe conditions at a later age. Hopping should be discouraged for all amputees.

When children enter into adolescence they face similar challenges as others of their age. Teenager strive to be like their friends and not different, and being an amputee can become especially difficult. Often times at this stage, teenagers prefer to have a silicone cosmetic cover on their limb.

Once your child starts attending school, a meeting with school administration should be set up in advance to discuss:

Your prosthesis requires regular care and maintenance to keep it working properly.

General advice

Common Questions

Is your skin reddened?

Does the redness go away within 20 minutes without the prosthesis on? If the redness does not resolve within 20 minutes, reduce the wearing time. If the redness continues, stop wearing the prosthesis and call your prosthetist for an adjustment.

Has your prosthesis developed an odour?

Have you been regularly washing your residual limb and your prosthesis? Wash your limb with a mild soap without fragrance and rinse and dry well. Your socks should be washed regularly with a mild detergent. Every night, the socket (and/or liner) should be wiped with a soft cloth and mild soap.
Your prosthesis should not be submerged in water.

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